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Council urged to reevaluate possible Senior Center budget cut

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To the Editor:

It is my understanding that the Lebanon City Council plans to cut the funding for Lebanon Senior Center by around 50 percent. I would hope the council would reevaluate their position in regard to this matter.

The center utilizes the city funds in a very prudent and efficient manner. The staff members are top notch and are very dedicated to the senior community and the seniors they serve. Everyone is on a first name basis and are welcomed by staff members by name as well.

Seniors need a place where they can go and enjoy other's company, make friends, participate in activities, etc. Many of the seniors have lost their spouses and the Senior Center is their family. These friends and activities help promote their health and give a reason for living. In today’s world, children today do not always live in their hometown and often are struggling to keep their own heads above water. This creates a void in many seniors’ lives.

The Lebanon Center is excellent when rated with other centers. It is an asset that the community may be extremely proud of. The center has a very nourishing meal for a nominal charge. For some, this is the only hot meal that they receive daily. There are a number of activities they have available for those who wish to participate. Many of our local businesses help and support many of these activities.

I would suggest that all of our council members visit and see all of the great things that are happening with the money appropriated for the center.

If we can spend the amount of money we do for things that are not that beneficial, such as fireworks, etc., they are enjoyable but they all go up in smoke.

I would urge you as members of this community, to contact the members of the council, and ask that they continue to support this most worthwhile investment in our community. All of us who are fortunate will live to become a senior. It should be a magical time for enjoyment and reflection on the past, while enjoying hopes and dreams of the future.

I would urge the council to carefully weigh any decision that would take away what we now offer for our seniors.

Bernie KanePresident, Wilson County Chapter of AARP,Lebanon

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